How One Young Chef Succeeded in Capturing the Halal Restaurant Market in Thailand | Foodies OFFICIAL Asia

By Wariya I.           When it comes to the word ‘Halal restaurant’ we often imagine a casual place with hand-held foods like kebabs, shawarmas and falafels but not many would suspect lamb shanks or paella. Well, the good news is, Foodies OFFICIAL Asia heard that young Chef Tharit Tangsongsirisak AKA Chef Yakup saw the opportunity to twist traditional Turkish dishes, to create a quasi Mediterranean – Turkish style of cuisine which integrates Halal certified produce.            In December 2019 Chef Yakup, with the help of his…

11 Immediate Ways to Support Your Local Restaurants During Covid-19 Lock-downs | Foodies OFFICIAL Asia

          All over the world Covid-19 aka Coronavirus has managed to shut-down the restaurant industry from a moderate to full scale. In Asia; China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia have all been greatly impacted. From 22nd of March 2020, Bangkok went into a 22-day lock-down.            The Thai Government decreed the closing of malls and shopping centres, and forbid restaurants from in-house dining trade, forcing many of them to resort to a takeaway and/or delivery format. A great number of these restaurants, mostly middle to fine dining restaurants have…

The Library Samui, a Design Hotel Which Brings Storybooks to Life | Foodies OFFICIAL Asia

By Wariya I.           Samui Island is one of Thailand’s tourist attractions. There are plenty of hotels to accommodate both national and international tourists with the standard luxury island format but fortunately, one of the Design Hotels caught our attention when looking for places cultured foodies may like to stay. Located at the heart of Chaweng Beach, The Library Samui is particularly captivating because of its unique conceptual vibe and aesthetic.           The persons behind The Library Samui are Owner, Kasemthan Sornsong…

Winning Short Film Depicts a Disturbing Alternate Reality of Meat-Eaters | Foodies OFFICIAL Asia

            By Wariya I.           Jim Francis, who directed Eat Me! along with his dedicated makeshift crew, won the title of “Darkest Film” at the 60 Second Film Festival 2020 which was held at Whitelines on February 20th, 2020. Although its playful title may suggest it were a shallow bit of fast entertainment, this powerful 60 second short is a reflection of our consumption, specifically of the overindulgence of meat which life-swapping premise may raise a question about our coexistence as living beings among the “animal kingdom”. …

Famous Nasi Lemak Now Available by Vending Machines in Singapore | Foodies OFFICIAL Asia

          By Wariya I. Boon Lay Power Nasi Lemak Vending Machines, Singapore’s Invention Solves Your Craving for Nasi Lemak Mostly, we are acquainted with vending machines for a cup of coffee or hot cocoa although we’ve seen Japan with all types of instant noodles machines churning out the addictive msg-loaded fast snack, but who would have thought of buying a rice with meat or fish curry dish from a vending machine!? Singapore’s food court outlet with 4 branches, Boon Lay Power Nasi Lemak, made famous for their Nasi Lemak are…

Putting the Fame in Flame: Popular Vlogger & Famous Friends Open Thai Stir-Fry Shop | Foodies OFFICIAL Asia

By Wariya I.           We’ve all heard the world-famous Mark Wiens, an American-Chinese who has settled down in Thailand for many years and runs his own food vlog with 5.61 million subscribers on Youtube, sampling exotic dishes around the world or expressing his adoration for spicy food in Thailand. Mark, since September 2019, has turned himself into a restaurateur with has his first Phad Kaprao (spicy stir-fry basil) restaurant called “Phed Mark” [เผ็ดมาร์ค], a pun for “เผ็ดมาก” [Phed Maak] which means “very spicy” in Thai. Mark Wiens Fans and Phad…